Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Right of Way, More Than Just a Good Von Bondies Song
To follow up with yesterday's kvetching it appears that problems with the Circle of Death have been dating back to the ancient times of '97:
As a longtime resident of the Chevy Chase Circle area, I can attest that you're correct: the posted rule is that drivers outside the circle are supposed to yield to drivers in the circle. This rule usually is observed on weekdays, but because it is not the practice in many other jurisdictions, on holidays and weekends one often finds out-of-towners oblivious to it (and barreling into the circle, assuming that others will yield to them). All drivers should beware this and other traffic circles in D.C. because the official "yield" rules often are ignored. (Having said this, I oppose the long standing proposal to put traffic lights on Chevy Chase Circle, which might prevent a few accidents but would greatly slow the traffic flow, in my view.)
Truer words cannot be spoken in relation to the second sentence in the above quote. Thankfully, I was able to switch car insurance companies last month where my annual premium and collision deductible were both much lower than my last provider with equivalent if not better amounts of coverage (and no, it wasn't through Geico). I knew something was up when everyone in the former insurance company's office was pointing and laughing when I signed the policy last year.